Home’s annual winter event brings together the most important aspects of programming
The Village Green life enrichment staff once again did its part in helping blow away the cold-weather blues when the team hosted its annual Winterfest Jan. 18-24.
Most importantly, the resident-favourite event addressed several crucial aspects of life enrichment, including sensory stimulation, reminiscing, and physical and cognitive exercise, says Karen Coulter, the Greater Napanee long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.
Some of the events for this year’s Winterfest included “slap-shot hockey,” wheelchair races, Styrofoam snowman-building, activities on the home’s Nintendo Wii and, the residents’ favourite, snow-taffy making.
“Residents love the taffy-making,” Coulter tells The OMNIway, adding that for many, making snow taffy brings back old memories.
Another favourite activity is the chili contest, where the home’s staff members and families enter their homemade recipes. Residents, staff and family members sample each chili entry then vote for the recipe they like best.
Coulter won this year’s contest.
“This is the first year I won, but it was pretty close,” she says, noting that maintenance manager Brian MacPherson’s recipe, which often wins top honours, was the second-place winner.
Another benefit to Winterfest is the event’s engagement level. Coulter says most of the home’s 66 residents will spend at least one day participating in activities.
Of course, Winterfest also encompasses OMNI Health Care’s value of “fun and laughter.” OMNI’s website explains the importance of this value.
“We nurture an atmosphere that is filled with fun and laughter, warmth and enthusiasm – an atmosphere that emphasizes the brighter side of life,” the site says. “Where we can share with others the zeal for life’s small joys, together we can partake in those moments that recognize how vital life is.”
If you have a story you would like to share with The OMNIway, please contact the newsroom at 800-294-0051, ext. 23, or e-mail deron(at)axiomnews.com.
If you have feedback on this story, please call the newsroom at 800-294-0051, ext. 23, or e-mail deron(at)axiomnews.com.